After seeing Albert Pujols being helped off the field in last night’s win, we knew a roster move was inevitable. Today, the Cardinals added Pujols to the disabled list, and recalled Chris Duncan from AAA Memphis to take his roster spot.
The Cardinals’ slugger is expected to miss at least three weeks with a strained left calf. An MRI revealed the strain to be between a Grade I and II. A Grade III indicates a complete tear. Brandon Harris has more on the story.
The news on Pujols comes just days after the Adam Wainwright injury. With two of their most important players sidelined, the Cardinals really have their work cut out for them. Although they’re currently only 2.5 games out, the schedule doesn’t get any easier between now and the All-Star break. It includes six games against the Phillies, four against the Mets, and the much anticipated series in Boston. It’s a tough task, but if the Cards can hold up during this stretch, the reloaded club can still have a good chance to compete in the second half.